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PMP Certification: Planning Knowledge and Skills

The Planning the Project domain is one of five performance domains covered on the PMP (project management professional) certification exam. Of the 200 questions on the PMP exam, the Planning the Project domain accounts for 24%. Eleven tasks are associated with this domain, as well as 13 knowledge and skill topics.

The 11 tasks associated with Planning the Project appear in the following table:

Task 1 Assess detailed project requirements, constraints, and assumptions with stakeholders based on the project charter, lessons learned from previous projects, and the use of requirement-gathering techniques (for example, planning sessions, brainstorming, focus groups), in order to establish the project deliverables.
Task 2 Create the work breakdown structure (WBS) with the team by deconstructing the scope, in order to manage the scope of the project.
Task 3 Develop a budget plan based on the project scope using estimating techniques, in order to manage project cost.
Task 4 Develop a project schedule based on the project timeline, scope, and resource plan, in order to manage timely completion of the project.
Task 5 Develop a human resource management plan by defining the roles and responsibilities of the project team members, in order to create an effective project organization structure and provide guidance regarding how resources will be used and managed.
Task 6 Develop a communication plan based on the project organization structure and external stakeholder requirements, in order to manage the flow of project information.
Task 7 Develop a procurement plan based on the project scope and schedule, in order to ensure that the required project resources will be available.
Task 8 Develop a quality management plan based on the project scope and requirements, in order to prevent the occurrence of defects and to reduce the cost of quality.
Task 9 Develop a change management plan by defining how changes will be handled, in order to track and manage changes.
Task 10 Plan risk management by developing a risk management plan, and identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing project risks in the risk register and defining risk response strategies, in order to manage uncertainty throughout the project life cycle.
Task 11 Present the project plan to the key stakeholders (if required), in order to obtain approval to execute the project.

The 13 knowledge and skills topics are

  • Knowledge of requirements-gathering techniques

  • Knowledge of WBS tools and techniques

  • Skills in developing time-, budget-, and cost-estimating techniques

  • Skills in scope management techniques

  • Knowledge of the resource planning process

  • Skills in workflow diagramming techniques

  • Knowledge of the types and uses of organization charts

  • Knowledge and skills of the elements, purpose, and techniques of project planning

  • Knowledge and skills of the elements, purpose, and techniques of communications planning

  • Knowledge and skills of the elements, purpose, and techniques of procurement planning

  • Knowledge and skills of the elements, purpose, and techniques of quality management planning

  • Knowledge and skills of the elements, purpose, and techniques of change management planning

  • Knowledge and skills of the elements, purpose, and techniques of risk management planning

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